Xbox Game Pass ‘Friends & Family’ Leak

A leak of possible branding for Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Game Pass family subscription implies you’ll be capable of sharing a subscription with friends, too.

Microsoft started testing its Xbox Game Pass family plan in Ireland and Colombia earlier this month, and now Twitter leaker Aggiornamenti Lumia has dotted “Game Pass Friends & Family” branding.

Furthermore, the leak suggests you can share it with friends. The leak could suggest Microsoft isn’t considering restricting Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to sharing their advantages with just immediate family members.

The current preview allows Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to pay €21.99 per month in Ireland for an unnamed test plan that includes sharing subscription advantages with up to four others.

Microsoft doesn’t currently mention a family restriction in its test plan, only that people must be in the same country. In addition, Microsoft now offers Xbox Game Pass or PC Game Pass for $9.99 per month. Unfortunately, neither includes online multiplayer stuff, but you can upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $14.99, and this uncloses Game Pass for console, PC, EA Play access, and online multiplayer.

This new family plan, which will now probably be branded Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family, will include all the same Xbox Game Pass Ultimate benefits for four other buddies or family members. In addition, that has access to Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox Live, and even the PC Game Pass versions of games.

We’ve arrived at Microsoft to comment on the branding leak, and we’ll update you. In addition, Microsoft has officially started testing the Xbox Game Pass Family Plan in Ireland and Colombia. Head here for details.

Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s Netflix-like play subscription, delivering access to hundreds of games for a relatively low cost.

Xbox fans, Rejoice, for Microsoft is about to plug an irritating gap in its Xbox Game Pass (XGP) service. Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s all-you-can-eat Netflix-like contest subscription service, providing you access to hundreds of games for a relatively low monthly fee. In addition, multiple plans offer you games across Xbox consoles, PC, or the cloud on mobile devices, featuring all the best Xbox games from Microsoft on day one.

Historically, one glaring deletion from Xbox Game Pass has been the absence of any Xbox Game Pass “Family Plan,” which would permit you to share credentials to the service among a household. We’ve written about the market for such a plan before, especially since Nintendo offers a Family Plan for its online assistance, and platforms like Disney+ and Netflix (thru its multi-streams program) have had it for years.

Microsoft has a craving to create a Family Plan a while ago. However, there were details about how royalties might be distributed and how licenses from third-party publishers would be compensated for users who weren’t connected to the main plan. According to trusted sources acquainted with Microsoft’s efforts, we can now ensure that Xbox is moving forward with an Xbox Game Pass Family Plan, which could be launched sometime this year.

From our data, paying on a more elevated tier for an Xbox Game Pass Family Plan will net key for five players for games across the whole library. It will be far more affordable than paying for five distinct XGP accounts, as is needed today. Utilizing Microsoft’s Family Account system already in benefit for Office 365, players within the same country can play together using a single XGP subscription handled by a central account holder, in much the same way as comparable services.

Some details remain vague for now, though. For example, will there be individual Family Plans for PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass console, or will it all be sole to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate? And the exact pricing is also unknown as of writing; besides that, it will reportedly be far cheaper than paying for various separate accounts as required today.

We’re not sure exactly when all of this will be announced, but it seems as though Microsoft is reading up to drive this public shortly.

The Xbox 360 is a game home video console designed by Microsoft. As the beneficiary of the original Xbox, it is the second console in the Xbox series. It contested with Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii as the region of the seventh generation of video game consoles. It was officially revealed on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game data at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo later that month.

The Xbox 360 characterizes an online service, Xbox Live, which was extended from its previous iteration on the original Xbox and acquired regular updates during the console’s lifetime. Available in free and subscription-based combinations, Xbox Live permits users to play games online; download games (via Xbox Live Arcade) and game demos; buy and stream music, television programs, and movies through the Xbox Music and Xbox Video portals; and key to third-party content services via media streaming applications.

In addition to online multimedia elements, it lets users stream media from local PCs. In addition, several peripherals have been released, including expanded hard drive storage, wireless controllers, and the Kinect motion-sensing camera. The release of these extra services and peripherals supported the Xbox brand’s growth from gaming-only to encompassing all multimedia, revolving it into a hub for living-room computing entertainment.